Betty Ann Waters: Conviction

943 Words Jul 10th, 2018 4 Pages
Contrarily to many children, Betty Anne Watters and her brother Kenneth Waters did not have an insouciant and happy childhood. They had a negligent mother and went from one foster house to another. They learned to lean on each other and developed a strong connection. Kenny grew up to be a troublemaker well known by the police. In 1982, he is arrested and convicted of murder. Kenny troubled past and his violence when he is drunk aggravated his case in front of the judges. Everybody knew him for being aggressive and impulsive. Despite the witnesses’ testimony and a blood proof, Kenny swore his innocence. Kenny’s conviction started Betty Anne’s fight to save him. Her strong belief in her older brother innocence pushed this work class mother …show more content…
According to the law, Kenneth committed the intentional torts of assault and battery. On page 136 of the book, battery is defines as “an intentional touching of another person in a way that is harmful or offensive.” In this scene of the movie, Kenneth by giving a head-butt to that man touched him in an aggressive and injurious manner. Kenneth acts were intentional since he did them after the victim implied that he was a negligent father. Not only that but he also gave his daughter to his girlfriend before going back to the man with whom he had the argument. This action shows premeditation. Also, there was assault because the victim saw Kenneth head came in direction of his face. The book states “assault occurs when a defendant does some act that makes a plaintiff fear an imminent battery.”(Business Law, 136) Here, the victim saw Kenneth coming at him angry and grabbed his collar. The tort of assault is based on apprehension. The victim had enough information to fear an imminent battery.

Another example of scene that pinpoints the rule of law starts when Kenneth Waters is arrested at the funeral of his grandfather. After his arrest, he is put in jail. Later on we see the defendant in court attending his trial. The application of the right to a trial which states “a criminal defendant has a right to a trial by jury for any

More about Betty Ann Waters: Conviction

Open Document